Quick Hits: June 15, 2015

My Quick Hits

  • The extra week in the grass season has made the transition to Queen’s Club and Halle not seem nearly as rushed.  I was unsure if this extra week would mean much, but seeing it unfold for the first time as a fan and follower of the sport, I love it.
  • Rafael Nadal picked up his second title of 2015 and seems to be in great spirits.  The next question is whether Rafa is approaching his normal level or if he is playing well in the sense of a mid Top 10 player who will struggle with the top 3 or 4 guys.  Playing Djokovic, Murray, and Wawrinka again is the only way to determine this who won a combined 9 consecutive sets against him on clay this year.  I will guess that Fabio Fognini does not make it 3 in a row against Rafa.
  • Nicolas Mahut claimed his 3rd career grass court title after playing better than he ever has on clay at Roland Garros.  I remember picking my media credentials up for the 2013 Cincinnati Masters 1000 event on the Friday before the main draw started.  The practice courts were jam packed with men’s and women’s players who had lost in Montreal and Toronto.  Mahut had no practice court to use for awhile so he simply found a wall on a hospitality trailer in the parking lot to hit against.
  • Roger Federer vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber in round 1 is a good hint that Halle did not rig their draw. Kohlschreiber is an excellent player who is quite dangerous on grass.  He is also a German native. Facing Federer who has made Halle his own since 2003 meant one of the two would be eliminated in round 1.  Federer survived, but Halle lost one of its ticket draws although Fed is obviously their biggest draw.
  • Grigor Dimitrov is defending 970 points from his 2014 grass court season, but on the bright side Queen’s Club is now worth 500 points so he could increase upon his 250 points from winning the 2014 event.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. apmillard says:

    Loving the extra week between Queen’s and Wimbledon. Queen’s certainly seems like it will be much more competitive this year.

    1. Dan Martin says:

      I agree it seems like these events are more than just sparring sessions now. Players who lose early in Paris can hit a 250 level event right after Roland Garros. Queen’s and Halle are 500 level now, and a player like Mahut can play another 250 before Wimbledon. A player could realistically be a grass court specialist now if he or she plays 3 events prior to Wimbledon, maybe makes the rd of 32 to final 8 in London, and then plays Newport on the ATP tour.

      1. apmillard says:

        Definitely agree with you. Can’t wait for Wimbledon this year. I also think there is definitely space for one extra week, as it’s ridiculous there are no 1000 events on grass. Clay has 3 and Hard Courts 6.

      2. Dan Martin says:

        I would have thought Newport would consider moving between Roland Garros and Wimbledon as many US players don’t go deep in Paris and may want to come across the ocean to prep for Wimbledon if Newport had space for them.

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